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Tax credits 'crisis': Jeremy Corbyn's message to working families in the South

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has arrived at the Caterpillars Pre School to speak to parents about tax credit cuts.

Jeremy Corbyn in Sussex today Credit: ITV Meridian
Jeremy Corbyn speaks to parents and pre-school workers in Sussex Credit: ITV Meridian

He's been joined by Peter Lamb, the Labour Leader of Crawley Council. Mr Corbyn, has already clashed with the Tories over what he says will be a "crisis for three million families." He has demanded that David Cameron guarantees that working families will not be worse off.

The Government's plans to cut tax credits by £4.4 billion were defeated in October when the House of Lords passed a motion to delay any decision while further assessment is carried out.

New proposals are expected to be set out in the Autumn Statement this month. Mr Cameron has told MPs that the basic level of child tax credits would stay the same.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to families and pre-school workers in Crawley Credit: ITV Meridian

Labour faithful arrive on South Coast


The Labour Party Autumn conference arrives in Brighton today [September 26] but the planning has been underway for a year.

Around 11,000 delegates, exhibitors, media and staff will fill the Brighton Centre and nearby hotels. Sussex Police have mounted "Operation Otter" to safeguard the delegates. All eyes will be on Labour's new leader - elected earlier this month - to see how he is received by the party faithful. Labour have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since he took control, with tens of thousands of new members.


  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, September 2015

Lively political debate for the south of England. Huw Merriman, the Sussex Conservative MP, Baroness Brinton of Kenardington in Kent for the LibDems, and Peter Kyle, Hove's Labour MP join Phil Hornby.

This month: the Labour leadership - what will a Jeremy Corbyn victory mean for our region? The refugee and migrant crisis - the numbers don't add up; and the House of Lords: how many more peers do we need? Really?

(l-r) Peter Kyle MP, Huw Merriman MP, Lady Brinton Credit: ITV Meridian
  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Video: Hastings election round-up

Victory for Labour in the Hastings local council elections; runner-up place to the Conservatives but not such a good result for any of the other parties.

David Johns has our round-up, talking to Cllr Jeremy Birch (Lab), leader of the council; Cllr Robert Cooke (Cons); and Ralph Steven Atkinson from UKIP

Caution after live TV bust-up

Iain Dale has been cautioned after brawling with a protester Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The publisher of former spin doctor Damian McBride's memoirs has received a police caution after admitting common assault over a brawl with a protester during a live television interview.

Political blogger Iain Dale, from Tunbridge Wells, attended Brighton's John Street police station to be interviewed by Sussex Police detectives about the scuffle with veteran campaigner, Stuart Holmes.

The incident on Brighton seafront was on the same day as Ed Miliband's keynote speech at the Labour party conference.

It appeared that Mr Dale tried to get Mr Holmes' anti-nuclear banner out of shot during an interview.


Whistlestop tour in Kent for Labour Leader

Bringing home the bacon - Ed Miliband chats to staff at ASDA in Greenhithe Credit: Malcolm Shaw

The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has begun his tour of Kent. He's arrived at ASDA in Greenhithe where he's been chatting with staff and customers.

Most customers seemed happy to see the Labour Leader, but some were a little shy. Credit: Malcolm Shaw

Mr Miliband will be moving on to Gravesend later this morning and Maidstone this afternoon.